Journal of Marriage and Family

The Journal of Marriage and Family is a quarterly journal published by the National Council on Family Relations in Minneapolis, Minn. Its subjects are marriage and family and its audience is comprised of researchers, scholars, academics, practitioners of psychology and other professionals working in this field.

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 4, November

Acts of Psychological Aggression against a Partner and Their Relation to Physical Assault and Gender
The overall positive association between psychological aggression and physical assault is well known. We used an item analysis to assess whether specific acts of psychological aggression are more closely associated with physical assault than others....
Black Families in Corporate America
Black Families in Corporate America. Susan D. Toliver. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998. 193 pp. ISBN 0-7619-0291-0. $48.00 cloth, $23-95, paper. Susan D. Toliver's book details her extensive study of Black corporate executives and their families. She begins...
Challenges for Work and Family in the Twenty-First Century
Challenges for Work and Family in the TwentyFirst Century. Dana Vannoy and Paula J. Dubeck (Eds.). Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter. 1998. 234 pp. ISBN 0-202-30568-6. $43.95. Dana Vannoy and Paula Dubeck have compiled a volume which concerns itself with...
Correlates of Parenting Styles in Predominantly Working- and Middle-Class African American Mothers
We examined reported parenting and disciplinary practices in 114 working and middle class African American mothers of children aged 5-12 using the Parenting Dimensions Inventory (PDI.- Power 1991). Results indicated substantive variation among parents...
Early Adolescent Sexual Activity: A Developmental Study
This study uses event history analysis to examine predictors of early sexual intercourse for a sample of 457 adolescents in grades 8 through 10 from two-parent and single-mother families. We ran panels for each predictor variable when controlling only...
Explaining the Higher Incidence of Adjustment Problems among Children of Divorce Compared with Those in Two-Parent Families
We examined the extent to which differences in adolescent adjustment problems between divorced and intact families can be explained by loss of family income, parental conflict, the psychological adjustment and parenting practices of the custodial parent,...
Exploring the Link between Corporal Punishment and Children's Cruelty to Animals
The link between interpersonal violence and violence to animals has been suggested, but rarely studied empirically, especially by family scholars. This study of 267 college undergraduates examined the relationship between corporal punishment inflicted...
Families in the Media: Reflections on the Public Scrutiny of Private Behavior
Families come by a variety of pathways to be families in the media, and each provides the setting or opportunity for the public scrutiny of private behaviors. This address discerns underlying connections between the disparate experiences of families...
Families, Risk, and Competence
Families, Risk, and Competence. Michael Lewis & Candice Feiring (Eds.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 1998. 350 pp. ISBN 08058-2345-X. $79.95 cloth, $39.95 paper. Families, Risk, and Competence, edited by Michael Lewis and Candice Feiring,...
Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition
Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition. Barbara Risman. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 1998. 189 pp. ISBN 0-300-07215-5. $25.00 cloth. This work is a mix of feminist gender arguments, extensive literature reviews, and empirical research...
Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures
Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures. Clive M. Davis, William L. Yarber, Robert Bauserman, George Schreer, & Sandra L. Davis (Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998. 591 pp. ISBN 0-8039-7111-7. $99.95 cloth. The Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures...
Handbook on Grandparenthood
Handbook on Grandparenthood. Maximiliane E. Szinovacz (Ed.).Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 1998. 376 pp. ISBN 0-313-29886-6. $79.50 cloth. Maximiliane Szinovacz and the scholars who provide original contributions for this edited volume, examine the heterogeneity,...
Mothering against the Odds: Diverse Voices of Contemporary Mothers
Mothering Against the Odds: Diverse Voices of Contemporary Mothers. Cynthia Garcia Coll, Janet L. Surrey, & Kathy Weingarten (Eds.). New York: Guilford Press. 1998. 278 pp. ISBN 1-57230339-5. $18.95 paper. Much of what is commonly believed about...
Neighborhood and Family Contexts of Adolescent Sexual Activity
Using a community-based sample of 870 adolescents in Los Angeles, we examine the influences of neighborhood and family contexts on the transition to first sex. We find that the risk of sex is not solely due to neighborhood socioeconomic status and race,...
Nest Leaving in Sweden: The Importance of Early Educational and Labor Market Careers
This article investigates the importance of the early educational and labor market career for nest leaving and for returning to the parental home. Using unique individual life course data for the entire Swedish cohort born in 1973, the article shows...
Nonresident Mothers' and Fathers' Social Contact with Children
This study investigates sex differences in nonresident parents' level of contact with biological children with whom they do not live. With data from the 1987-1988 National Survey of Families and Households, I assess social contact using nonresident parents'...
Parental Divorce, Life-Course Disruption, and Adult Depression
We examine the association between adult depression and childhood parental divorce, and the explanations for this association, using a representative national sample of 2,592 adults interviewed by telephone in 1995. Parental divorce may disrupt the life...
Parenting and Child Development in "Nontraditional" Families
Parenting and Child Development in "Nontraditional" Families. Michael Lamb (Ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 1999. 365 pp. ISBN 08058-2748-X. $79.95 cloth, $34.50 paper. Nearly twenty years ago Michael Lamb edited a volume about child development...
Perceived Instrumental Support Exchanges in Relationships between Elderly Parents and Their Adult Children: Normative and Structural Explanations
If the norm of filial responsibility is apparent, children should give relatively more instrumental support to their parents. Structural circumstances of adult children, such as being employed or having young children, and of their parents, such as having...
Residential Mobility as a Way of Life: Evidence of Intergenerational Similarities
I examine how an individual's earlier experiences of residential mobility in his or her family of origin are associated with the experiences of residential mobility in adulthood. Twofamily-of-origin models are tested. The socialization model argues that...
Scaling Back: Dual-Earner Couples' Work-Family Strategies
Recent work has focused substantially on one subset of dual-earners, the high-powered two-career couple. We use in-depth interviews with more than 100 people in middle-class dual-earner couples in upstate New York to investigate the range of couples'...
Sex Differences and Similarities in Communication: Critical Essays and Empirical Investigations of Sex and Gender in Interaction
Sex Differences and Similarities in Communication: Critical Essays and Empirical Investigations of Sex and Gender in Interaction. Daniel J. Canary & Kathryn Dindia (Eds.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 1998. 468 pp. ISBN 0-8058-2333-6....
Sibling Relationships in Rural African American Families
A family process model linked mothers' and fathers' psychological functioning to sibling relationship quality in a sample of 85 9- to 12-year-old African American youths and their married parents living in the rural Southeastern United States. Members...
"So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?" Welfare Recipients' Perspectives on the System and Its Reforms
"So You Think I Drive a Cadillac? " Welfare Recipients' Perspectives on the System and Its Reforms. Karen Seccombe. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1999. 246 pp. ISBN 0-205-28312-8. $29.25 paper. Karen Seccombe's book "So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?" is particularly...
The Economic Risk of Childhood in America: Estimating the Probability of Poverty across the Formative Years
This article estimates the proportion of children in the United States who will experience poverty at some point during their childhood. These proportions are derived through a set of life tables built from 25 waves of longitudinal data. They represent...
The Effects of Family Characteristics and Time Use on Teenagers' Household Labor
Studies suggest that children's contributions to housework are minimal. However much of this research focuses on young adolescents, utilizes data regarding adult tasks, and ignores chores children more often perform. We address these gaps by analyzing...
The Instrumental Side of Corporal Punishment: Parents' Reported Practices and Outcome Expectancies
We conducted two studies to assess the relations between parental disciplinary practices and outcome expectancies. In the first study, mothers of 36-month-old children responded to vignettes about child misbehaviors. Mothers who reportedly used corporal...
The Timing of Childbearing and Women's Wages
Early child bearers are more vulnerable to the adverse impact of children on wages than are those who delay childbearing. Early child bearers are likely to experience a higher wage penalty because their career interruptions occur during the critical...
Thinking about the Baby: Gender and Transitions into Parenthood
Thinking About the Baby: Gender and Transitions into Parenthood. Susan Walzer. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1998. 224 pp. ISBN 1-56639-630-1. $49.95 cloth, $16.95 paper. Research on the transition to parenthood highlights the traditionalization...
Two Views of One Relationship: Comparing Parents' and Young Adult Children's Reports of the Quality of Intergenerational Relations
Patterns of agreement and disagreement on the quality of intergenerational relationships were explored in a sample of parents and young adult children. Data on parent-child closeness, contact, control, and conflict were taken from parent and child interviews...
Using Kin for Child Care: Embedment in the Socioeconomic Networks of Extended Families
This exploratory analysis offers a new explanation of why African American and Mexican American mothers who are employed are more likely than Anglo American mothers to use childcare arrangements with relatives. In-depth interviews with 31 racially diverse...
When She Brings Home the Bacon: Labor-Force Participation and the Risk of Spousal Violence against Women
Because employment plays a central role in shaping gender identities and gender relations, it has important implications for understanding women's risks of spousal violence. This article analyzes the relationship between participation in the labor force...
Women, Work, and the Family in Europe
Women, Work, and the Family in Europe. Eileen Drew, Ruth Ernerek, and Evelyn Mahon (Eds.). London: Routledge. 1998. 230 pp. ISBN 0415-15351-4. $85.00 cloth, $24.99 paper. Among the current abundance of books on women, work, and families, Women, Work,...
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